Wu Wei (chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life.
A way of living that has attracted me ever since I can remember. Not to be confused with laziness, half assed effort or lack of drive, this way of living deserves your undivided attention. Why? Because allowing life to take you transports you out of your comfort zone into the gateway of joy and happiness. Where all the magic happens.
Alan Watts describes it more fully. “Wu-wei is the lifestyle of a person who follows the Tao and should be understood first of all as a form of intelligence — that of being aware of the principles, structures and tendencies of the human activity and of the natural phenomena so well that you could use a minimum amount of energy when you have to deal with them….To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Today, I’ll leave you with this beautiful video reminder from Mr. Watts as a reminder to not get so caught up in passing your next self imposed test. Allow yourself to be, find your natural flow, and the world will reveal all its magnificence.